A fun and informative guide to the biggest unanswered questions in the Universe.
PHD Comics creator Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson team up to explain everything we DON'T know about the Universe, from Cosmic Rays and Dark Matter to time travel and the Big Bang. Filled with their popular infographics, cartoons, and clear and entertaining explanations, this book is perfect for anyone who's curious about science and all the big questions we still haven't answered.
"Lucid and irreverent... This fun guide is just the ticket for science fans of any age."
- Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review
"Lively... An entertaining and educational review for anyone seeking to brush up on or build his or her knowledge--or, perhaps better, lack of knowledge." - Kirkus Reviews
"A delightful combination of comedy and cosmology that is as charming as it is informative." - Zach Weinersmith, creator of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
"It's hard to imagine a more enjoyable way to explore the unknown than by reading this book. Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson will guide you through the biggest mysteries of the cosmos, smiling all the way." - Sean Carroll, author of The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
"This witty book reveals the humbling vastness of our ignorance about the universe, along with charming insights into what we actually do understand." - Carlo Rovelli, author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and Reality Is Not What It Seems
"Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson bring a whimsical light touch to some very heavy topics, and the result is a sheer delight for the reader." - Jennifer Ouellette, author of The Calculus Diaries and Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self.
Read this excerpt on the PHD website, or this excerpt on Popular Science Magazine. Daniel was interviewed for Science Friday, and we were featured on Space.com. Jorge was interviewed by Prof. Michio Kaku on Science Fantastic. Nautilus Magazine also published this excerpt about space, and BBC Sky at Night reviewed our book and interviewed Jorge (as did Chemistry World in their podcast and in print). Meanwhile, Nature interviewed Jorge and Daniel in their podcast, while Nature Physics gave the book an awesome review. Jorge illustrated over 26 reviews of the book from Amazon, and was interviewed by the NPR show Inquiry. Daniel was interviewed for NPR's Here and Now. If you'd like to know how Jorge and Daniel started working together, Physics World published this great review of our book AND later the oral history of our collaboration. We also made awesome video collaborations based on chapters of the book with Henry Reich of Minute Physics, Derek Muller of Veritasium, Joe Hanson of "It's OK To Be Smart", Minute Earth, Hank Green's SciShow Space and Dianna Cowern's Physics Girl. Check out this great article on Symmetry Magazine about our book and this awesome editorial by Daniel on the need to teach the unknown. Listen to Daniel talk about the Universe on The Lopate Show or read this interview with Jorge and Daniel on Unbound Worlds. Check out this fun comic collaboration with SMBC's Zach Weinersmith, and this one with David Malki's Wondermark. Listen to Daniel introduce why we wrote the book on the PRH Audio website. And listen to this preview of the audiobook.
Read Jorge's letter announcing the book.
"We Have No Idea" has been translated to 23 languages (and counting!).
Jorge Cham is the creator of "Piled Higher and Deeper" (a.k.a. "PHD Comics"), the popular comic strip about life (or lack thereof) in Academia. Daniel Whiteson is an Associate Professor of Experimental Particle Physics at the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine. Together they have created videos that explain complex physics topics like The Higgs Boson, Gravitational Waves, Dark Matter and Extra Dimensions. Their videos have been viewed by millions of people, appeared in major media outlets and aired on PBS.
We Have No Idea has been translated to 23 languages (and counting!). Find your local publisher below:
|China (Mainland)||Chinese (simplified)||United Sky|
|Greece||Greek||Crete University Press|
|South Korea||Korean||Sahoi Pyoungnon|
|Taiwan and Hong Kong||Chinese (complex)||Commonwealth Publishing|
|U.K., Australia, Commonwealth||English||John Murrays|
|United States and Canada||English||Riverhead/PRH|
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